1. People who subscribe to the “There are starving people in China” sentiment. You know, how dare you complain about your situation when Iraqi babies. How dare you feel like a victim of a storm because genocide.
2. People who equivocate other people’s suffering with your: I don’t have it as bad as some people have it. I don’t have it as bad as X had it after storm Y. At least it wasn’t a tornado. At least you have your house. At least it wasn’t a flooded river. I’ve seen people go through worse. Stop complaining, my friend’s cousin’s neighbor’s hairdresser lost her house.
3. The “keep your chin up” people: Aww, it’s not so bad. Just smile. Have some positive energy. Think good thoughts and it will all feel better. This too shall pass. It is what it is. Sentiments about god making me go through this for some better good. Hang in there, kitty, be a trooper, put on your big girl pants, laugh through the trials.
4. The “my storm was greater than your storm” people: I was in Katrina, so shut up. I survived a tornado, so shut up. I have been in storms worse than that three times so shut up. You don’t know what it’s like to be in a real hurricane. You northerners are pussies. You should see what we go through here. Shut up, pussy.
There is a very, very long essay in this which I am writing and saving to send out because I know someone will publish it. It’s not about Sandy, specifically, but about all of the above in relation to any disaster.